Top 4 Ways to Take Care of Parents When They are Sick!

Parents get sick, it’s a fact of life. I’ve been working at a school for two years, and it’s really the first time I’ve been SICK. Like capitalized SICK.

Here are a few easy ways that others can support a sick friend or family member:

  1. Pick up their Target Order. Did you know that you can add people as authorized pick-up folks on your Target app or If your sick friend/family member can’t drive, you can still have someone pick it up and drop it at your doorstep without spending extra on Shipit or Uber Eats. I was so dizzy yesterday, I was afraid to drive.
  2. They aren’t a Target Shopper? Text them and ask what kinds of medicines or comfort foods they need, and if it’s within your means, make a quick shopping trip. My mom brought my cough drops (for me) and croissants (for Bitty Bird) this morning.
  3. If you live with someone who is sick- whether it is a roommate, spouse, or family remember HYGIENE is the best way to keep the germs at bay. That means everyone needs to mask up in common areas (both sick and well folks), wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer between hand washings. I also use a disinfecting room spray too. Microban is my favorite.
  4. Take it Easy- This is both for you as the helper and the sick person. You can’t fill a broken glass. When your body is sick, it’s broken, and it needs time to heal. Dishes and laundry can wait. No one expects a sick person to make gourmet meals for their family while they recover. Offer to help, but sick people often want/need rest and solitude.

And not a specific hint, if you have a sore throat, I recommend this Honey Citrus Mint Tea Copycat recipe. It’s amazing. Right now I’m drinking Bigelow Lemon Ginger Tea with Honey and lemon juice.